Interior Design

Where to Start Transforming Your Home to a Modern Space

Modern and contemporary interior spaces are stylish and can make all the difference between a house that feels cluttered and one that feels spacious. If you’ve been thinking, “I want to start transforming your home into a modern space!” then this article is for you.

Let’s start!

Photo of a modern office space

Start transforming your home with this advice from industry experts.

Consider how much space you have

Before you start buying modern furniture, you need to think about the space where you’ll be placing them. The last thing you want is a cluttered or shabby-looking room.

  • Make up your mind how large you want the furniture to be
    Once you have figured out the size of your room, it should be easier to determine the size of furniture that would be a good fit. Naturally, a small couch would be best for a small space.
  • Think about the fabric and finishing
    Pulling off the look you’re after has a lot to do with the fabric and finishing of the furniture you choose. Even a traditional sofa can be altered such that it looks modern. To pull off the contemporary look, avoid anything that looks garish or loud. Instead, go for light colors and soft fabrics.
  • Opt for comfortable and durable furniture
    While looks are important, you must not forget that furniture must be comfortable and last long enough for you to get value for your money.

Top elements to bring a modern feel to your home

Furniture matters. But so do other elements such as the lighting and arrangement of your pieces. Here are a few things you can do to make your home feel modern even before you bring in the furniture.

  • Attention to detail
    Attention to detail is key when you’re trying to create a modern space. Contemporary designs are more about distinct pieces that resemble works of fine art. They are kept simple and often feature innovative industrial materials, glass or tension cables.
  • An open floor plan
    One key feature of modern homes is a sense that all the space has been unified to create one great experience, such that the distinct boundaries and walls have been blurred.
  • Airiness
    Modern pieces reflect a more relaxed approach to living spaces. You’ll find clean lines in place of heavy and stuffy ornamentation. You’ll also find lighter furniture that is raised off the floor to create a sense of weightlessness.

Must-have furniture pieces to start with

There are several choices when it comes to modern furniture, so it’s going to be confusing when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking to get. Start with these pieces and you can do no wrong:

White sofa

White sofas are great because they serve as a sort of blank canvas that allows you to add whatever you want as it suits your taste and style. The right modern sofa can help you create a stark, minimalistic look if that’s what you want. It also lets you pull off bold colors nicely. It most certainly will require a bit more maintenance to keep your white looking white, But it’s worth it.

Colorful cabinets

If your cabinets are still in great shape and you don’t want to replace them, you can achieve a modern look by giving them a pop of color. Cabinets are great for storage, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be used to make a style statement. Think about the decor you already have and be sure to use colors that compliment them.

White platform bed

Take out your Wooden bed and convert it or replace it with something more striking. Even if you don’t touch anything else in your bedroom, the bed needs to pull off the modern feel since it’s the focal point of your bedroom. When you’re picking a bed, you can go with one that comes with bedside tables and dresser drawers attached, so you’ll have both a stylish piece and functional storage space.

Light home office furniture

If you spend a majority of your day or a good chunk of your time in your home office, you might want to pay a little more attention to that space. Again, white is an excellent choice, but an ivory desk and chair set would also be perfect.

It’s simple and gets rid of the excess, leaving you with an uncluttered and clean space. If you’re not a fan of simple designs, a multifunctional desk that’s lightly tinted should work. There are many unique designs to choose from, so take your time to decide.

Tips to remember when designing a modern space

It’s easy to get it wrong when you’re transforming your space from a less modern look to a contemporary one. Follow these tips and you should be fine.

  1. The colors should come first
    Whether you want your new modern space to scream bold colors or you’re after earthy tones, it’s important that you decide on a color before doing anything else.
  2. Pick your furniture first
    It’s a good idea to pick your furniture first and allow it to guide you as you choose the window furnishings, wall coverings, and flooring. It will be easier to find a wallpaper that goes with your furniture than the other way around.
  3. Buy sets if you can
    It’s typically cheaper to buy items as a set instead of buying them as individual items. This applies to the bedroom furniture and living room furniture as well.
  4. Go with what appeals to you
    Don’t feel under pressure to go with the crowd on what they believe is a modern design. At the end of the day, it’s your space to do whatever you please with, so buy whatever you like.
  5. Get advice on fabrics
    You may have preferences when it comes to fabrics, but it’s important that you choose your fabrics based on durability and use, as well as personal preferences. For instance, a family with pets and children will have different choices from a single person who lives alone.

Follow these interior design tips to start transforming your home into the modern space you’ve always dreamed of!

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